Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Marketing Apprentice

Marketing Apprentice
Location: Coventry (Middlemarch Business Park) with hybrid working option
Hours: 37.5 per week (Monday to Friday)

Basic Salary in line with National Minimum Wage (dependent on age) plus company benefits  

The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is the UK’s largest packaging distributor, and our Head Office are seeking to hire a Marketing Apprentice to undertake an advanced marketing framework (NVQ) course whist providing support to our multi-site business from our central marketing team based in Coventry. As a business, we are passionate about providing fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions augmented by outstanding customer service. As a Group we are continuing to grow significantly and are always keen to attract and develop talented new individuals.
The Marketing Apprentice Role
We are now recruiting for a Marketing Apprentice based at our Head Office in Coventry (or remotely). This is a dynamic and varied role where the candidate will work with the established marketing team to implement marketing plans and provide marketing support to our sales teams nationwide. The ideal candidate for this role will be interested in a career in marketing communications and/or digital marketing. Some of the key duties will include… 

  • Collecting and organizing market research data
  • Supporting the sales team in the development of customer presentations using PowerPoint
  • Working with the marketing team to plan, organize and execute marketing campaigns and events across multiple channels
  • Supporting the implementation of internal communication plans including managing our intranet and training materials
  • Analysis and reporting on marketing data and key performance indicators
  • Supporting the lead generation and qualification process, including understanding our Customer Relationship Management system and learning how to log inbound leads; to include outgoing telephone calls to customers and prospects of Macfarlane Packaging

The job will comprise of extensive on-the-job training and the successful candidate be exposed to all areas of the marketing mix.  You will be working closely with an experienced marketing team and will also have regular interaction with the wider sales organization and other central functions such as procurement and human resources.

The initial contract of employment will be apprenticeship based (Level 3 Marketing Assistant standard) with an 18-month duration/contractual commitment and working hours are set at 37.5 per week spread across Monday to Friday (9:30am-5:30pm). Some travel to other locations within our multi-site business may be required.

Do you have the correct profile?
We are genuinely open minded to welcoming interest from a wide range of individuals for this opportunity, provided there is a genuine desire/interest in beginning a marketing career and working within a professional environment. Any previous experience or knowledge gained relating to marketing would of course be advantageous but isn’t essential. You will certainly be a team player, with good communication skills and attention to detail and a proactive with a “can do” attitude… and you will of course have a genuine thirst for learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge. An interest in or experience of design skills, photoshop, video editing is desirable but not essential. 

Desired qualifications
Five or more GCSEs (or equivalent) at A-C level which must include mathematics & English (or be willing to improve math’s/English grades as part of the training journey).

Our Benefits
We provide a competitive basic starting salary and operate a range of rewarding bonus/incentive schemes. Our flexible employee benefits can include: – 

25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service) plus all public/bank holidays

  • Additional Holiday purchasing scheme (run annually)
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Free parking at most of our site locations
  • Annual (company paid) volunteering day
  • Employee assistance program to support & advise with well-being & any issues
  • Extensive range of training/development & potential progression opportunities
  • Employee discount scheme (discounts on several major retail/leisure brands)
  • Simply Health/Dental Cover option or BUPA cover for qualifying roles
  • Enhanced HR policies relating to various employee rights & entitlements
  • Long service awards (5-40 years)
  • Charitable giving options
  • Financial support with eye-tests/purchasing glasses (DSE users only)
  • O2 Mobile discount scheme (up to 25% off)
  • Candidate referral scheme (awards £750 for referring successful applicants to Macfarlane job vacancies)

Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every colleague’s potential by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
Next Steps
We will be working to identify and review the best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favored candidate joining us ASAP. Interviews will be conducted face to face at our Coventry Head Office or via Zoom / Teams.

To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.